Full Spectrum Modification

Take advantage of the whole spectrum!

Both Canon and Nikon cameras can be specially modified to open the sensor to H-alpha, ultraviolet, and infrared light. This conversion would transform your camera making it versatile and allowing you to use it to its full potential by shooting phenomenal photographs of almost anything – both visible and invisible.

The Sadr Region. Full spectrum modified Nikon D5300.

By default, Canon cameras come equipped with two internal filters that intercept light nonvisible to the human eye. Although this is useful and beneficial for everyday photography, it also prohibits taking pictures in other light ranges like ultraviolet, H-alpha, and infrared.

Filter arrangement of a Canon sensor.

Fortunately for those wishing to shoot the aforementioned types of images, it is still possible to convert certain cameras to overcome the challenge posed by the pre-installed filters.

Applying our expert knowledge and experience, we at Night Sky Camera have developed our own unique system to modify cameras to a specific configuration. Our method is effective, reasonably priced, and, most importantly, reliable.

To convert a Canon camera, we begin by carefully disassembling the camera body to reveal major internal components and make them accessible for extraction.

Canon 6D camera body disassembled.

For a full spectrum modification on Canon cameras, both the LPF1 and LPF2 filters in front of the sensor are removed to open it to the entire light spectrum.

To compensate for the removal of LPF1 and LPF2, it is then necessary to precisely calibrate the camera sensor by adjusting its position so that the internal autofocus system may work properly. As it is part of the LPF1 filter, the dust reduction element is removed with the filter.

Finally, the camera body is reassembled and extensively tested to guarantee the product upholds our company’s quality standard and ensure the new configuration will continue functioning. At this point, new types of light can effortlessly make their way to the sensor and your camera will be ready for whatever new adventures you have planned for it.

The Orion Nebula. Full spectrum modified Nikon D5300.

Most Nikon cameras are factory-assembled with one internal filter that cuts off light nonvisible to the human eye. Although this is useful and beneficial for everyday photography, it also prohibits taking pictures in other light ranges like ultraviolet, H-alpha, and infrared.

View of a double filter found in a Nikon D5300 sensor.

Fortunately for those wishing to shoot the aforementioned types of images, it is still possible to convert certain cameras to overcome the challenge posed by the pre-installed filter.

To convert a Nikon camera, we begin by carefully disassembling the camera body to reveal major internal components and make them accessible for extraction.

Nikon D5300 camera body disassembled.

For a full spectrum modification on Nikon cameras, the joint ultraviolet/infrared and H-alpha filter is then removed to open the sensor up to the entire light spectrum, including UV and IR.

To compensate for the removal of the stock filter, it is then necessary to precisely calibrate the camera sensor by adjusting its position so that the internal autofocus system may work properly. As it is part of the joint filter, the dust reduction element is removed with the filter.

Nikon D5300 'Sandwich' filter.

Finally, the camera body is reassembled and extensively tested to guarantee the product upholds our company’s quality standard and ensure the new configuration will continue functioning. At this point, new light can effortlessly make its way to the sensor and your camera will be ready for whatever new adventures you have planned for it.

Depending on your needs, external filters with various capabilities may be required for this modification type.